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ANSTED, David Thomas.


Scenery, Science and Art; being extracts from the note-book of a geologist and mining engineer. London: John Van Voorst… 1854.

Price £ GBP 250.00

8vo, pp. viii, 323, frontispiece and 3 tinted lithographed plates. Woodcuts in the text, Van Voorst’s 4-page catalogue dated January 1855 inserted at the end. Contemporary blue calf prize binding, spine richly gilt in compartments and with red morocco label, double gilt fillet on sides, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, school device in gilt on upper cover. A pretty copy.

FIRST EDITION. Ansted was professr of geology at King’s College, London, and a fellow of the Geological Society and Royal Society. He travelled throughout his life, visiting the continent in 1838, Germany and Bohemia in 1840, Belgium in 1842, North America in 1852–3, Algeria in 1853, Hungary and Transylvania in 1862, and the Ionian Islands in 1863. Much of this travelling was connected with his work as geological consultant to mining and other commercial companies. Other countries included in these accounts are France, Switzerland, Spain and Sardinia.

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